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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (27 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415602718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415602716
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He published the first of his 100 or so books in 1964, and became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies. He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years, and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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'Crystal draws on his wealth of expertise to shed light on the important issues related to language form and use online.Internet Linguistics should be read by all graduate and undergraduate students interested in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and computer-mediated communication.' - Mark Warschauer, University of California

'David Crystal is a master linguist and master teacher. Given his expertise on language and the internet, he is the ideal author for this student text.' - Naomi S. Baron, American University

'As an undergraduate textbook Internet Linguistics would serve quite well, especially supplemented by original articles for depth or comparison and contrast of positions. Crystal suggests that the book assumes a basic knowledge of linguistic concepts, but most terms are understandable in context and he usually defines technical terms when they are critical to his point, so technical terms should not be a barrier. Internet Linguistics is certainly worth consideration as conveying a broad sense of a principled discipline in a format that is easy to read.' - Sean Rintel, The University of Queensland

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David Crystal is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, based in Holyhead, North Wales. He is author of numerous books including Just a Phrase I’m Going Through (Routledge 2009). The first Routledge David Crystal Lectures DVD, The Future of Language, was published in 2009.


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As an English Language graduate who hasn't read much linguistics stuff since graduating last year this was a gentle reintroduction to 'internet linguistics' (as Crystal calls it). This was an easy read and a lot lighter than a lot of linguistics books.

It was a very good general overview of internet linguistics, although I'd perhaps suggest not specific enough for undergraduate level beyond an overview. This book reawakened my interest in some areas of linguistics and I particularly thought that the chapter focusing on Twitter was interesting and well written.

I found myself telling people about some interesting fact I'd just read in the book, which shows how engaging and interesting I found the book. Most people use the internet so much that this is a topic a lot of people can find interest in and relate it to their own experiences.

If you want an unchallenging yet engaging introduction (or reminder) to internet linguistics, I'd recommend this book. Easy to read, interesting and a good overview.
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By Ellen Roddis on 4 Feb. 2014
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What's to say - David Crystal is a genius and always brings things for students to use. Perfect for my English degree
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A very good book aimed at e-communication linguistics, it focuses more on pragmatics and graphology within linguistics in an online environment but adds very interesting perspectives. This book is another great by David Crystal.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gill P on 27 Feb. 2011
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Another gem from David Crystal. In this book David clarifies what is new and what is not so new about internet linguistics. Recommended reading.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Horne on 24 May 2012
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Internet Linguistics contains many thought provoking ideas on the study of the use of language on the Internet. It includes discussions on many different media (which Crystal calls 'outputs') such as Twitter and e-mail. This is a great idea for a book for discussion in the public.

Where it falls down is in its writing style. According to the back page, it is "engaging". It isn't. This is a textbook packaged as a book for the general public. You should be aware of this before considering purchasing it. I'm sure it works well for degree level English language students (to be fair, it is subtitled "A [Student's] Guide"), but not for most other people. That's a pity. There is a gap in the market which I hope will be filled soon.
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